Ron Paul slammed the latest anti-marijuana move from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, dubbing it as both “un-American” and “unconstitutional.”
Paul, who has sought the presidency of the United States on three occasions, including in 2008 and 2012, also urged Sessions to step down from his role, in an interview with CNN on Sunday.
“He represents something that is so un-American, as far as I’m concerned.”
Paul, a libertarian from Texas, said. The former GOP Congressman also added:
“People should have the right or responsibility of dealing with what is dangerous. Once you get into this thing about government is going to protect us against ourselves, there’s no protection of liberty.”
Sessions on Thursday ordered to annul an Obama-era policy, which allowed U.S. states to legalize marijuana without any federal government intervention. Federally, marijuana is considered to be an illegal drug.
“The war on drugs, to me, is a war on liberty,” Paul reiterated. “I think that we overly concentrate on the issue of the drug itself, and I concentrate on the issue of freedom of choice, on doing things that are of high risk.”The politicians also said that “we permit high risk all the time…Generally, we allow people to eat what they want, and that is very risky. But we do overly concentrate on what people put into their bodies.”
Republicans Not All On The Same Page
Meanwhile, Vermont is poised to be the ninth state in the United States to legalize recreational marijuana. Vermont’s Gov., the Republican Phill Scott, said that he would back the move. Currently, a marijuana bill has made its way to Vermont’s Senate.
So far, there are another 22 states, which allow some form of medical marijuana use, with 15 allowing the use of a less potent medical marijuana extract, according to News Week.
Despite Sessions’ seemingly hardline Republican stance on marijuana, the general sentiment among the Republican party is a split.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado was furious when Sessions rescinded the Obama-era rule. He said the move violated states’ rights and caused uncertainty in the already legal marijuana industries.
Republicans have long-championed individual liberties on issues including the right to own a gun.